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“I live and breathe the circus, got sawdust running through my veins…”
Viva Vintage Circus is falling on hard times. The performers – from Lena the acrobat to Samson the lion tamer and the incredible, impossible Insect Girl – have become their own kind of family, determined to see the bad times out.

What do you do when your way of life is crumbling, and you don’t have enough money to pay the lions?

To create Sawdust, 51 Crisis clients worked with 21 professional artists as an ensemble to devise, write, design, build, rehearse and perform the show.

In 2017 we were delighted to include Crisis clients as trainees in design, costume making, lighting, movement, direction and stage management.